Additional officers surround Clay County schools following morning incident

‘Safe and clear’ given by CCSO

Deputies with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office gave the all-clear Wednesday morning after the community was alerted to an armed man in the community.

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office gave the all-clear Wednesday morning after the community was alerted to an armed man in the community.

The alert was sent out around 5:40 a.m. stating deputies were searching for a man wearing a black Nike sweatshirt and sweat pants after an incident near 1717 CR 220.

According to the SaferWatch App -- the subject is believed to have left the area. The sheriff’s office said the suspects fled in a vehicle before they arrived.

“The Clay County Sheriff’s Office had multiple assets on the ground and a perimeter set up, including 2 of our K9s, to track the subject’s whereabouts. We believe the suspects fled in a vehicle and left the area before our arrival. Patrol units maintained high visibility in the area for several hours after the incident with no further incident.”

Clay County Sheriff's Office

The Clay County District Schools Department said there will be additional officers around schools in Fleming Island.

We have additional officers around our schools in Fleming Island in response to a report from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office about a search this morning. The CCSO had reported an individual in the CR 220 area who could possibly be a threat. Right now, the CCSO believes the subject left the area in a vehicle. We will always act in an abundance of caution when potential threats like this arise. The safety and security of our staff and students is our first priority, and our officers moved quickly to ensure that this morning.

Clay County District Schools Police Department

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The Clay County Sheriff’s Officer is actively working an incident near 1717 CR 220.

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